Retreats are an essential part of developing students to be reflective, thoughtful believers. Taking time from the routine of the day and from the busyness of life helps students to gain perspective and to evaluate priorities.
This mandatory Saturday retreat welcomes the freshman class to the Garces community and introduces them to the spiritual life of the school. Freshmen, teachers, upperclassmen serving as retreat leaders gather to share a variety of activities including liturgy, prayer, reflection, discussion, hospitality and social activity.
The sophomore retreat is an experience which incorporates games, talks, activities and reflection to engage body, mind and spirit. Students, who attend the retreat are empowered to become leaders in faith. We begin in the Garces chapel, celebrating mass with the sophomore students and their families. Then head off to McDermott Field house in Lindsey, CA for a chance to change their perspective and contemplate their God-given talents and recognize their responsibility to use those gifts to serve the greater community. Looking to Jesus as our primary example of servant leadership.
This overnight retreat at El Camino Pines in Frazier Park gives the students an escape into the wilderness. The opportunity to escape technology and everyday life enables the junior students to stop on reflect on who they are trying to become. Each student has a chance to contemplate who they are, who they want to be, and the important role Jesus Christ plays in shaping them.
The Final retreat of the Garces student takes place near Santa Cruz, CA. The students share memories of their time at Garces. They are reminded that the Catholic faith journey they have been a part of at Garces is only beginning. The students are encouraged to take what they have learned and continue to thirst for a greater relationship with the Lord.